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definitely my last question!

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definitely my last question!

OK, I will stop asking questions after this one and try and make a decision! Even if it means tossing a coin.

Does anyone know which private lodges - any area - have their own private hides that you can use?

I really love the idea of being alone for a couple of hours in a hide, especially for the birding.

Thank you all so much for all your help!

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1. Re: definitely my last question!

Hello Claire, i am a passionate birder too! Which area are you referring to? I know of plenty of places that have bird hides, but need to know where you are going to? Kruger? Pilanesberg?

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2. Re: definitely my last question!

Hello. Kruger, and probably Timbavati/Klaserie/Balule.

Thankyou!

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3. Re: definitely my last question!

Hi there!

nThambo Tree Camp and Africa on Foot have a hide that they can leave you in even overnight if you like!

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Jacqui

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4. Re: definitely my last question!

Hi Claire

Although they exist hides are not a big ‘thing’ in private reserves. It does not really fit well in to the agenda, which is often fairly inflexible in some lodges. Game drives and bush walks are usually included in your itinerary but very often places such as hides that you walk to and be on your own require a ranger to accompany you and it makes things a bit hard.

If you are considering entering the main Kruger Park itself for a couple of days of course there are an amazing number of genuine hides to visit, including overnight hides. In fact one of the most beautiful and famous is not far inside the main Kruger entrance gate, Lake Panic.

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5. Re: definitely my last question!

Hello Claire, i agree with previous post. Most travellers are not really interested in seeing birds. But Lake Panic is great and very close to the gate, situated in thick bush, i have seen amazing birds there. Just north of Satara is the Sasol Ratelpan hide. Also great. Then just south of Lower Sabie en route to Crocodile bridge is Mlamyathi Hide. I dont know of any hides specifically in Timbavati/Balule area, but if you are staying in a private lodge, the ranger will accommodate you if you tell him you are a birder. Not all rangers are birders though, i have discovered.

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6. Re: definitely my last question!

So true Lyn, have met some rangers with awesome bird knowledge who know every sound.

And back to Lake Panic, let’s not forget somewhere like that gives you not only incredible birdlife but there will be hippos and crocs bobbing around below, along with whatever other wildlife wanders in. Any wonder there are usually a few pros there snapping.

Krugers diversity supports an amazing variety of bird life and attracts birders from all over the world, and if you are then when the migrating birds arrive then even better.

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